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The Strategic Cost Model is now the Strategic Cost and Price Model


The Strategic Cost and Price Model - 2019 - revision 02 is now available with extensive process, material and fab updates. BUY NOW!


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The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model takes the top three companies in each of four segments and provides a detailed look at all of their current and past processes on 300mm and forward forecasts out to the next decade.


Specifically the model covers: DRAM - Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix, Foundry - TSMC, Global Foundries, Samsung, IDM Logic - Intel MPU and ST Micro, NAND - Samsung, SK Hynix, Toshiba, and Intel-Micron for 2D and 3D NAND, 3D XPoint for Intel-Micron..


In each case we present a detailed introduction date, general process's details, process flows in order, pitch by layer and node, mask layers, multi patterning usage and total masks. Process blocks, pitch and multi patterning can be edited for each case.


For each target company and process every 300mm fab they have is predefined so that if you juts pick a fab the fab details and supported processes are pre defined (although you can override them) and detailed outputs of equipment and materials requirements are provided.


Supported processes

The Model supports DRAM out to 12 nm, Foundry out beyond 3.5nm, NAND in 2D out to 15nm/16nm as well as 3D to 256 layers and 3D XPoint to 8 layers..


Supported wafer sizes

300mm and 450mm


Supported cost elements

Wafer cost and price. No packaging or test.


Who should buy this product

The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model - is in use at many IDMs, Consortia, Materials companies and OEMS forward projecting markets and costs as the industry implements the ITRS and 450mm,.


Latest revision updates


  • Model - expanded the country options to 24 from 16.
  • Processes - Fixed an error in the SS 92L 3D NAND process. Updated TSMC 7nm gross margin. Added 5nm, 3.5nm and 2.5nm VSRAM processes. Added Intel 5nm and 3nm processes. Added TSMC 5nm HNS and 2nm HNS processes. Updated 1x and beyond DRAM processes and densities. Updated Toshiba 96L 3D NAND process. Updated Samsung 92L 3D NAND density and pitches. Updated Micron 96L 3D NAND density and pitches. Updated CMP for Co based damascene and dual damascene processes. Updated damascene process block names and process flows. Split CVD - Ru into interconnect and bureid power rail.
  • NGL - NA
  • Equipment - Updated logic OEE at advanced nodes. Updated vacuum pumps per tool. Updated PVD equipment for MRAM and PCRAM/RRAM depositions. Updated vacuum pump counts by tool type.
  • Materials - Fixed an error in the N type poly doping specie. Fixed an error in the Samsung 92L and 128L channel and clearout etches. Updated selected materials pricing.
  • Labor - NA
  • Yield - NA
  • Facilities - NA
  • Fabs - Updated 3D NAND capacities to maintain the same fab size at high layer counts. Major review and update of 2D and 3D NAND fabs.


System Requirements

The Model runs inside of Microsoft Excel and requires the user to have Excel 2010 or higher installed on their computer. There are are known compatibility issues with Excel 2007 and Open Office and any third party Excel compatible product.


Model Cost and How to Buy

A single user license allows one user on one computer and is $5,500, an enterprise license allowing an unlimited number of users at a company is $15,000. The model may be purchased at a discount on-line with a credit card here or you may email or fax us a purchase order with 30 day terms. The model is delivered by email within a few hours of our receiving an order. The model cost includes twelve months of updates plus twelve months of reasonable levels of phone and email support. A Web Ex training session is available on request. Renewal costs at the end of twelve months are discounted 1/3 off the current prices.


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